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Greenland and Spitsbergen: Fjords and Glaciers

Greenland Cruise Information

Summary : Sail into a part of the world few ever venture: the unspoiled wilderness of Greenland and Spitsbergen. Cruise pristine fjords in a Zodiac or hike into a glacial paradise. Explore Northeast Greenland National Park, take in icy ocean horizons, and stop at the community of Ittoqqortoormiit on a journey that shows how those—whether person or polar bear—make the Arctic their home.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Triple/Quad Cabins

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Itinerary
Day 1
Longyearbyen, Norway

Longyearbyen can be spotted from above as a colorful collection of buildings set against the dramatic landscape of Norway's northern reaches. This small coal-mining town turned gateway to Arctic exploration offers visitors a look into life beyond the Arctic Circle. Explore fascinating museums, get to know the locals, and gear up for your expedition. Transfer from Longyearbyen to the ship for a late afternoon embarkation.

Day 2 – 7
At Sea / Northeast Greenland National Park

Spend several days exploring the massive fjord system of Northeast Greenland National Park. Take to Scorsbysund, the tree-like fjord system marked by winding branches of iceberg-dotted fjords. Sail through and land on some of the most spectacular fjord country in the world while exploring rarely visited glaciers, bays, and inlets. Here, in the vast, untouched wilderness of the park, witness the changing light of a polar sunrise or sunset draping the mountains in lavish colors. Dark nights allow for star-gazing and the possibility of spotting the aurora borealis when in calm waters. Attend a lecture on board by expedition staff. Occasionally, orca, humpback, or minke whales may be spotted, so keep a keen lookout.

Day 8
Greenland Sea/Ittoqqortoomiit

After several days traversing the far reaches of Greenland's awe-inspiring wilderness, visit the community of Ittoqortoormiit. Although small and far from other inhabited towns, the vibrancy of life here is evident in the brightly colored buildings, the eager Greenlandic husky puppies, and the warmth of the people who call Ittoqortoormiit home.

Day 9 – 12
Greenland Sea/Spitsbergen

Take advantage of local ice and weather conditions to explore Northwest Spitsbergen National Park, one of those rare places on Earth blessed with both an awe-inspiring landscape and compelling history. The Svalbard archipelago sits halfway between Norway and the North Pole, at the intersection of the Arctic Ocean, the Norwegian Sea, and the Greenland Sea. Fascinating flora and fauna populate the dramatic mountains and valleys of this island chain known by many early explorers as the last outpost en route to the North Pole.

Day 13
Spitsbergen / Longyearbyen, Norway

Disembark after breakfast. A transfer will be available to the Longyearbyen airport for all passengers with flights scheduled.

Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions—and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation with this shipping company, all passengers must purchase travel insurance with a minimum medical, evacuation, and repatriation coverage of $200,000 and this insurance must cover personal injury and emergency medical expenses. Passengers must be able to provide proof of insurance purchase and adequate coverage as per the required amounts above. Passengers are responsible for advising their insurer of the type of travel, destination(s), and activities included in their booking so that the insurer may provide appropriate coverage. It is the passenger's responsibility to ensure that they have sufficient coverage and comply with the terms of the applicable insurance plans. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends that all passengers also purchase comprehensive travel protection that includes cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property.  ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.

Included:

Transfer from meeting point to ship; Zodiac and land excursions; services of Expedition staff and naturalists; lectures and educational programs; Scorsbysund; Northeast Greenland National Park; Ittoqqortoormiit Community Visit; Northwest Spitsbergen National Park; shipboard accommodations; gear to keep (expedition parka); gear on loan (waterproof boots for US sizes 4-16); all meals onboard the ship; coffee, tea, and water. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; travel insurance (required); passport and visa fees; discretionary gratuities; items of a personal nature including laundry, Wi-Fi, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (except coffee, tea and water); optional excursions; fuel surcharge may apply.


PHOTOS:  © Renato Granieri (Auks, Zodiac and Ice); © Corinna Volk (Kittiwakes, Reindeer); © G Adventures; © ExpeditionTrips

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